Spiritual Practice


John Garrison, 20

Every school has them: Christian teens who love to show off their faith, point out where other people are wrong, and talk down to others. They have their noses stuck so high in the air that if it rained, they would drown. At one point, I was starting to become one.

Do not think of yourself more highly than you should. Instead, be modest in your thinking, and judge yourself according to the amount of faith that God has given you.
Romans 12:3b (GNT)

Being an openly Christian teen was popular in my school, so lots of people were saying they were Christians but weren’t behaving as Christians. They talked only to people who were just like them and ignored everyone else. If they didn’t like what other people did, they would let it be known and glare at these people with disdain. A lot of teens decided not to be Christians because of them.

We may believe that when we are saved, we stand on a pedestal above those who are not saved; but in God’s eyes, we are all the same. We need to love everyone and, by being kind, to help other people meet God.


JOURNAL: C. S. Lewis said, “As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.” Write a response, or reflect on a time when this happened in your life.

—from devozine (July/August 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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